Civility It’s Not Just for Winners!
I’ll be the first to admit that it’s all too easy, while in the rapture of our rightness, to lose sight of the fact that we’re in the minority in this state… by a lot. So outnumbered are we that the Warwick Daily Times’s imbalanced labelling of blogs needn’t be seen as an unmitigated example of bias. Calling Anchor Rising “conservative” on a list of Rhode Island blogs is reasonably accurate shorthand for “this one is different from the rest.”
That being the case, the best strategy for bringing about political and cultural change is even more advisable for us, and by this, I mean persuasion, not shouting loudest and not talking with the most self-confident vitriol. In the circumstances that our geographic reality places us, any opportunity to engage in discourse with others whose views differ from our own is, perhaps, a chance to win a convert, very possibly an opportunity to plant seeds of reconsideration, and almost definitely a time to hone our own arguments.
Some of you may recall the tone of the comment sections on this site back during the Laffey/Chafee primary, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that our continuing to allow comments at all was an iffy thing at that time. Now, I’m sure some clever-headed one among you will think to respond that our readership will dry up should we restrict comments, or do away with them altogether. To such a threat, I can only reply by patiently explaining that we don’t view this as a business venture; we’re not looking for fame, and we’re certainly not worried about our trickle of revenue evaporating — which is to say that my reply is, “So what?”
We publish this blog for two reasons:
- We enjoy thinking, writing, and discussing these topics.
- We hope to change our state, country, and world for the better, to foster a healthier culture and society (again, mainly through reasoned persuasion).
If you look likely to thwart us in either of these goals, we will have no choice but to begin limiting the forum that we provide (free of charge, and with the highest of hopes).